What does a root canal entail?

Oh, root canals. Those two words alone are enough to strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest of us. But have no fear, dear reader! Your friendly neighborhood dental assistant is here to guide you through everything that goes down during this particular dental procedure. So sit back, relax (as much as one can when reading about root canals), and let’s dive in!

To The Beginning

So what is a root canal, anyway? Essentially, it’s a dental procedure used to treat decaying or infected teeth by removing the nerves and pulp inside said tooth. Sounds fun already, doesn’t it? Don’t worry though – while nobody looks forward to getting a root canal (and if someone tells you they do… run), the actual process isn’t nearly as scary as your imagination might be making it out to be.

Preparation is Key

Before any work is done on your poor damaged tooth, your dentist will first numb the area around it with local anesthesia. This ensures that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure itself – however, don’t expect to enjoy having someone mucking around in your mouth.

Once you’re all numbed up and ready to go,the next step involves creating an opening at the top of your affected tooth so that Dracula, I mean, your dentist has access to those pesky nerves/pulp/infected areas we mentioned earlier.

It’s All About Cleanliness

Now comes perhaps one of the most important parts of any successful root canal: cleaning out all debris from within said affected tooth. Using specialized tools like small files, each millimeter being carefully cleaned out- not dissimilar from tiny angry janitors with metal tubes for arms but far better trained-., and irrigating solutions known as sodium hypochlorite diluted solution does its magic here , your dentist will work to remove any damaged bits of nerve tissue, pulp, or bacteria trapped within the tooth.

Filling It Up

Once everything has been cleaned out and disinfected,it’s time to seal off that opening. To do this, most dentists will fill the now-empty roots and center areas with a material called gutta-percha (which I’m pretty sure is Latin for “rubber chicken,” but don’t quote me on that). This rubbery substance is then sealed in place using dental cement to ensure nothing can sneak its way back in ever again.

Crowns For Everyone!

But wait – that’s not all!In around 90% of cases it is recommended for people if they need crown after root canal treatment ,and here’s why: remember how we said earlier that accessing those messy internals required making an opening at the top of your tooth? Well,that process can weaken the structural integrity of said tooth- Think about trying hot-wiring your car every day… eventually it starts taking serious damage. Wearing a durable covering over the weakened area adds extra strength and gives you a fighting chance against part two of our Hollywood sitcom like dilemmas. A crown essentially acts as a protective cap, helping prevent fractures caused by munching down too hard on crunchy snacks or grinding teeth together during sleep (if YOU are one such individual prone to nocturnal gnashing , breaking news DENTAL guard devices also exist ) .

With all these steps completed (phew!), you’re finally ready to go home wearing dignity only slightly bruised and hopefully enjoying cool jell-O while watching Netflix reruns.A word from proverbial captain obvious though: keeping up with good oral hygiene practices – brushing regularly, flossing between meals, etc.- increases longevity chances for both natural teeth AND crowns alike.

Time Is Of The Essence

Now’s not later please call up(or at least schedule) your dentist if you think a root canal procedure might be in your future. The longer one waits for such procedures , complications only increase causing more pain or inconvenience down the line.

So remember – while nobody wants to have to get a root canal, it’s really not as bad as it sounds. With modern techniques and plenty of local anesthesia on hand, things are pretty much guaranteed to go smoothly (and hopefully sans traumatic flashbacks). And with those evil nerves gone from that tooth forevermore(er… usually), we’d like to add this brief epilogue: “Take THAT, tooth disease!”

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